Notre Dame has a new athletics director. Jack Swarbrick, a 1976 graduate of Notre Dame and Indianapolis lawyer, will be taking over the reins for the Irish’s previous AD, Kevin White. Swarbrick is largely responsible for drawing in the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis, an accomplishment that should look little more than pretty on paper for all those who doubt whether he can make big things happen for Notre Dame in the upcoming season. The fact still stands that Swarbrick has no previous experience as athletics director or even in athletics administration, which will make his AD tenure interesting to follow. Already off to a good start, Swarbrick will have the benefit of various infrastructure improvements (thanks to Kevin White and Bob Davie) with the brand spanking new $21 million Guglielmino Athletics Complex for football, Joyce Center renovations and plans for a new hockey facility. On top of all of this, he is of the Fightin’ Irish blood after all, and Notre Dame fans can be enthusiastic that he is one of their own.
Florida Gator fans will miss safeties Dorian Munroe and John Curtis. Both players have suffered season-ending ACL tears. Coach Urban Meyer sounds hopeful concerning Munroe’s future with the team post-surgery, but is a little skeptical about a return for Curtis, who has already had surgery twice before on the same knee. Look on the bright side: This gives #1 DB recruit Will Hill a place to shine in the 2008 season.
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